Brandy, here are some suggestions, let me know what you think. As for backsplash tile and paint, you could go either lighter or darker depending on how much light your kitchen has. Perhaps you have some pictures that you can share.

  • Brandy 02:32PM, Sep 1 2013

    We have cherry cabinets stained a warm brown color. The hardwood floors are white oak that are stained a darker brown as well. There is a kitchen island that is white with a mocha glaze. We are thinking of using the cream colored Giallo Ornamental granite. Do you agree or are there other granites you would recommend? Any ideas for backsplash tile and paint colors?

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    - Adrian
    01:47PM, Feb 26 2013

    I'm glad that I could help you and let me know what did you choose.

  • Peg Gym 12:13AM, Feb 24 2013

    Thanks for the color choices. I will go and look at them. Will keep you posted.

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    - Adrian
    04:07PM, Feb 19 2013

    Hi, I'm leaning towards more beige and cream colours in order to get elegance and calm in your kitchen. I've attached two colours which I have found for you: the first one is called Sand Beige and the second one is Linen Colour. I hope that will work ! Good luck !

  • Peg Gym 01:31AM, Feb 17 2013

    I just installed oranmental granite countertops in my kitchen, along with  4" x 4"ivory travertine in a subway design as the backsplash. I have honey oak cabints and a wood floor. What color should I paint the walls? Thanks for your help.

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    - Derek
    02:46PM, Feb 12 2013

    Hello there. The Giallo Ornamental granite is a timeless and classic choice. This stone would provide an appropriate contrast against the espresso cabinets while it's warm highlights will complement the red oak hardwood nicely. Another option would I would recommend to possibly consider would be the Santa Cecilia Classic and Ouro Brasil. Best of luck!

  • Mocrva 05:39AM, Feb 2 2013

    Help - Please!

    New home, very open kitchen, great room, dining room combo.  Basically it's all one big room! .. windows french doors are NE exposure.  Should be good morning light.

    Twilight expresso cabinets, stainless appliances, and everything in the house is brushed nickel including fixtures, lighting.

    Floors are light - red oak natural, walls are Duron shell white and trim / wainscot is a gloss white, not sure of the color

    I like the giallo ornamental, and there is quite a bit of it.  Have never had granite and builder will pick and install.  There was such a small sample to choose from.

    The furniture will be wild black cherry from my dining room since I'm loosing a formal dining room for this large open space.

    Will the granite work with all these strong elements?  I'm hoping it will all flow and balance out.  I am attached to my beloved Henkel Harris dining room and am trying to blend old and new.  I'm keeping the walls light.

    Your thoughts, expertise are very much appreciated!


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    - Derek
    08:21PM, Dec 6 2012

    Both of the Santa Cecilia variations are very similar, they are just different deliveries of the same stone that have some change in color tone or pattern. I've seen the Giallo Ornamental with dark cherry wood and agree that it's a beautiful combination. The contrast is very elegant and appropriate for your design. Go for it!

  • Kspatel102 05:41PM, Dec 3 2012

    I have dark cherry cabinet with st. Cecelia classic granite. I am not totally satisfy with that combination. I like Giallo ornamental granite a lot. any suggestion? Difference between st. Cecelia and st. Cecelia classic.

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    - Natalia
    02:49PM, Oct 18 2012

    You can go subtle and neutral with a safe choice such as Benjamin Moore series Lighthouse Landing or Navajo White. However, I do enjoy the splash of color that the Flower Pot shade provides. Perhaps you can paint an accent wall with it. It also picks up the garnet flecks in the Ornamental, as a plus. 

  • Sis713 02:41PM, Oct 18 2012

    I dont have a lot of natural light. My kitchen is not an open concept. Maybe I need to pick a color in a whole other direction. Any suggestions? Im not good at putting all the colors together.

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    - Natalia
    02:33PM, Oct 18 2012

    I've attached a picture of the Flower Pot paint color from Sherwin Williams for our reference. It's a beautiful color that is full of life, warmth, and would make the kitchen "pop" nicely. My only concern is that it could be a little too dark? Have you considered also looking at SW 6333 "Foxy". I've attached a photo of this one as well. If you still enjoy the Flower Pot better, then I'm all for it as it's a great color. Make sure you have plenty of natural light in the kitchen. 

  • Sis713 02:16PM, Oct 18 2012

    Thank you for your suggestions. I painted a sample of the wall paint Flower Pot on the wall and Im not sure about it. Any suggestions?

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    - Natalia
    01:38PM, Oct 18 2012

    Hello. You're on the right track with your kitchen design choices and I'm enjoying your pick of the timeless and warm Giallo Ornamental granite against a lightly colored cabinet. For the backsplash tile, my suggestions for you to consider are tumbled Noce Travertine in a Mini Versailles pattern, Capadoccia Glass & Tumbled Travertine, and Ivory Travertine in a 2" x 4" Split-Faced Brick Mosaic. I've attached photos of my recommendations for your easy reference. In regard to a floor tile selection, porcelain is an appropriate and popular material. Specifically, I think that something like Daltile Franciscan Slate Desert Crema tile could be quite appropriate. Hope this helps!

  • Sis713 06:59PM, Oct 17 2012

    I am updating my kitchen and have picked Dover White from SW for the cabinets and Giallo ornamental for the granite. The walls I was thinking of Flower Pot from SW. Any sugesstios on the backspash and floors. Also using oil bronze for the cabinet pulls.

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    - Derek
    02:21PM, Sep 26 2012

    Hello. A light, warm, and timeless granite such as Giallo Ornamental applied against a dark, espresso cabinet is a stunning combination and an elegant contrast. Some other options I recommend to explore are Santa Cecilia and Ouro Brasil. Hope this helps!

  • Lweston11 11:26PM, Sep 25 2012

    I have espresso colored cabinets and a hardwood walnut colored floor. What color granite would you recommend?? Giallo ornamental?? ANy suggestions would be helpful!

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    - Derek
    02:20PM, Jul 9 2012

    Hello. Darker choices that offer an excellent contrast would be along the lines of Ubatuba, Tropical Brown, Imperial Coffee, Butterfly Antique. Let me know your thoughts on these!

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    - Derek
    02:19PM, Jul 9 2012

    You can contact our sales office for pricing.

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    - Derek
    02:19PM, Jul 9 2012

    Stainless steel is a classic and timeless choice that would complement your design very nicely and add a high resale value to the space. You're on the right track, go for it!

  • DF 02:59PM, Jul 3 2012

    I know this is my 3rd comment, but would you also 
    recommend a darker granite that goes with honey oak cabinets, med oak floor,
    black appliances. We are having 2nd thoughts about the lighter counter tops.
    Your opinion is GREATLY appreciated.


  • DF 01:53PM, Jul 2 2012

    What is a fair price to pay for Giallo Ornamental?

  • Debraaferguson 04:10PM, Jul 1 2012


    We  are also updating our kitchen. We have medium oak floors, honey oak cabinets, black appliances, and have ordered Giallo Ornamental countertops, stainless steel sink.  Also, we would like to go with bronze faucets and change out the hardware on our cabinets to match. Would you prefer the stainless steel faucet, bronze or other suggestion? Do you think this combination will work.

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    - Natalia
    04:45PM, Jun 28 2012

    Well, a stainless steel sink choice will always have a high resale value and the style / design is very timeless as well as popular. I'd go with the stainless. For the backsplash, a warm tumbled natural marble such as Bottocino Fiorito would look very nice. You can also use a mosaic mix such as Capadoccia variety tumbled glass & travertine. I've attached photos for you to see!

  • TL 10:16PM, Jun 23 2012

    We are updating our kitchen. We are considering dark giallo ornamental granite on our kitchen counters and kitchen island. We are repainting/glazing our white cabinets with a light bronze glaze. We have medium oak hardwood floors.
    We plan to update our appliances to stainless steel. We would like to update our kitchen sink. Should I replace the sink in stainless steel or a colored sink?
    Also, would like to add backsplash. What backspash would you recommend?

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    - Derek
    02:59PM, Jun 22 2012

    You're on the right track! The Giallo Ornamental is a warm, timeless, and classic choice that looks stunning against a dark cabinet such as yours. Another option you can consider could be Santa Cecilia Real. Good luck!

  • Erica 06:34AM, Jun 19 2012

    Hi Derek, I need your advice. I have espresso cabinet and sand rock dark grey semi polish porcelain floor tiles 24x24. I want to have Giallo Ornamental granite for my counter top. What do you think? Please provide your expert advice. Thank you so much. Erica

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    - Derek
    01:02PM, Jun 15 2012

    I recommend a soft and neutral backsplash choice with beige and creme undertones to complement the Giallo Ornamental counters such as Mediterranean Ivory tumbled travertine or Oyster Mix Flamed tumbled travertine. I've attached photos for your reference. In regard to floor tiles, a choice such as Daltile Fidenza Bianco porcelain tile seems appropriate (or a similar shade). Let me know your thoughts on this! You could also use a little darker of a shade for the floor with more movement to spice things up. 

  • KD 02:25PM, Jun 10 2012

    I just ordered giallo ornametal granite to go with new sienna cherry cabinets (a lighter stain) but I'm stuck on what color of floor and backsplash to get. I prefer to go with lighter colors because the kitchen is not very big and doesn't get alot of sun light. Bruce oak flooring is on the adjoining family room, dining room floors which also impacts my color choice. Many of the tile samples I bring home seem to have a grey or peach undertone.

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    - George
    04:23PM, May 18 2012

    A darker granite choice for a contrast is recommend here, KCJ. Therefore the Butterfly or Ubatuba granite are both good choices. For the backsplash my visualization is a "Dainty w/ Dots" theme which is a white travertine 2" x 2" mosaic w/ brown inserts along with brown travertine up to the 4" border point.

  • KCJ 07:31PM, May 17 2012

    Narrowing down choices for a coastal kitchen and are thinking of honey java glazed maple cabinets, Giallo Ornamental granite and Shaw's hand scraped hickory floor in burnt barnboard color. Undecided about the backsplash, but am thinking of a neutral accented with some glass tiles in a seaglass palette. Would a darker granite like Verde Butterfly or Uba Tuba work better than the Giallo? Any other backsplash suggestions?  Or would a Glacier Java type finish glazed ivory painted cabinet work better than maple? Walls will likely be SW Sea Glass or similar. Any help is appreciated!

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    - Derek
    02:55PM, May 16 2012

    You're welcome! I can't wait to hear about the results! :-)

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    - Kinga
    07:08PM, May 15 2012

    Great combination! Pair it with the brushed nickel and you have a FANTASTIC setup!

  • Wwkmac 09:36PM, May 12 2012

    i have honey red oak cabinets, which I am keeping and will be adding cabinets above the existing ones to the ceiling. I have chosen granite (vyana gold) with a porcelain tile by ictc called ragno in the color grey. Do you think this will look good?  Also I dont know if I should us orb or brushed nickel for faucet. I plan on selling this home in next 5 years.

  • Huettfarms 01:20AM, May 11 2012

    Perfect....love this idea...I will certainly let you know it all comes out!!!   Thanks again Derek for your GREAT input...

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    - Derek
    04:11PM, May 10 2012

    You're welcome! You can always add a border accent piece in that area, I've attached some photo suggestions for you to visualize.

  • Huettfarms 03:10PM, May 5 2012

    Thank you so much....the slab of the Ornamental has a creamy background, a touch of gold and lots of brown specks with some veining of brown as well!!!  Just what you suggested...if my subway tiles get damaged at the bottom row or two what would you do?  Should I put the same tiles back and do something different at the bottom...our granite will come up to the tiles...no 4" backspash.....Thanks Derek.

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    - Derek
    06:46PM, May 1 2012

    It seems like you're on the right track for a beautiful, light French Country style kitchen. Make sure to pick a creamy slab of the Ornamental that has plenty of warm brown flecks. 

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    - Derek
    09:26PM, Apr 27 2012

    For a wonderful travertine recommendation, take a look at Oyster Mix Flamed travertine. I've attached a photo for your reference. Glass tile also looks wonderful and gives a transitional feel, such as Mirabelle Collection smoky brown glass in a brick pattern. Hope this helps!

  • Huettfarms 08:19PM, Apr 25 2012

    I have medium stained ash cabinets, a bank of white cabinets with glass fronts, white sink, stainless appliances....my floor is warm beige. cream and alittle gold and brown in it...we love Gallio Oramental for my granite...we have matt finished  white subway tiles that the installer believes we can save ....will this all come together and have a French Country/Traditional look....There is also beautiful beadboard on one wall painted a soft cream....would love your oppinion...thanks for any help...

  • Tom McC 12:53PM, Apr 23 2012

    Gina and Derek,

    I've studied your recommendations for backsplashes for Giallo Ornamental, but I want to ask you again in case I have missed something.  For cabinets of cherry (medium brown stain), with stainless steel appliances, and with Benjamin Moore "Barely Beige" on the walls, which was your idea, too, which backsplashes would you recommend?  I'll bet that you will recommend travertine, which I like, but which one?  Thank you.

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    - Derek
    04:18PM, Apr 21 2012

    Sure! My recommendations fall along the lines of a warm tumbled natural stone. Take a look at Mocha Split-Faced Versailles Travertine, or Puetro Gold 4" x 4" natural stone tile. I've attached photos for your reference. Good luck!

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    - Kinga
    08:35PM, Apr 18 2012

    A classic tumbled marble with accent tiles would look stunning. You can also do a beautiful combination like Ballet France or Honeyrose. Let me know what you think!

  • Sleepyamybeth 02:11AM, Apr 17 2012

    I'm getting Giallo ornmental countertops, oak stain walnut, with antique copper knobs, very light gray slate floor.  Any suggestions for backsplash

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    - Derek
    02:44PM, Apr 5 2012

    Choosing a light, warm granite shade such as Giallo Ornamental is very appropriate for the perimeter as you have the Ubatuba on the island. Some other recommendations for you to consider are Azul Platino and Colonial Cream Ivory. 

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    - Derek
    07:28PM, Apr 4 2012

    If you're looking for pink undertones with a grainy pattern, take a look at Ivory Fantasy. The Giallo Ornamental should also be very appropriate however. For backsplash, I recommend Durango Classic tile in a diamonte grande pattern or Emperador Light marble in a 2" x 2" cut. I've attached photos for your reference.

  • Esull 12:19AM, Apr 4 2012

    Hello, I am remodeling an 80's kitchen. I'm keeping the walnut brown stained cabinets. I have an existing island which has ubatuba granite (gold tones) on the same style cabinets. I am planning to tile the backsplash in a travertine subway brick and add a small accent strip of small glass/travertine/dark marble mosaic tile "cappiccino" is the color name. Also adding undercounter lights. My question is what granite do you suggest for the countertop to compliment the existing granite? Some have suggested Giallo Ornamental, what other choices without getting too gold?

  • Rfloto 01:59AM, Mar 31 2012

    Hi I have bleached oak cabinets(with a pink,rose undertone) with white appliances and the stove top is black. The floor tile is very light with some taupe and gray. I was considering Giallo Ornamental countertops or is there one that is more pink rather than yellow. What would you recommend for a backsplash?

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    - Kinga
    02:54PM, Mar 29 2012

    I agree. The Giallo Ornamental seems like a fine choice against your cabinets. It’s a warm and easy on the eyes choice so go for it!

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    - Derek
    07:35PM, Mar 28 2012

    Giallo Ornamental would provide a deep and excellent contrast, but it's not neutral and cool like the Kashmir White. I'm leaning toward the Ornamental.

  • Harpreet 02:10AM, Mar 24 2012

    Hi I am going for red cherry cabinets but I am not sure if I should go with   Giallo 
    Ornamental, Kashmir White, Mahogany Red Granite.

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    - Derek
    03:06PM, Mar 12 2012

    My recommendations for you to consider that will give off an excellent contrast and interesting pattern to ensure the stone is a centerpiece of the kitchen would be Astoria, Sunset Ivory, New Colonial Dream.

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    - Derek
    02:03PM, Mar 12 2012

    The Giallo Ornamental is appropriate because it's light and has creme / beige tones with warm highlights. For a darker suggestion, I'd use a granite such as Tropical Brown. For the backsplash tile, take a look at options such as Piano York Glass & Stone from Somertile Reflections for an interesting mosaic mix of materials, or Merola Cobble line subway tile, there is a dark and light choice: Noce Ceramic Subway or Polar Ceramic Subway. I've attached pictures of my suggestions for your reference. Good luck! 

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    - Derek
    01:57PM, Mar 12 2012

    You're welcome!

  • Jill 12:41PM, Mar 10 2012

    Thank you!  I love the basket weave idea.

  • Roshni_kan 04:33AM, Mar 7 2012

    Hi, I am getting dark brown/chocolate/espresso colored cabinets (no cherry or red undertones), light cream colored tile floor, and need help picking out a granite--please help!  I want the granite to be the focal point, but not too yellow or heavy...

  • Ronny 04:03AM, Mar 6 2012

    Hi, I hope you can help.  I have honey colored cabinetry.  I don't want to focus on the gold in my cabinets but I know I still have to choose a granite that has some in it but not the main color.  I don't want to emphasize the honey color.  I liked Giallo West and Ornamental.  Thoughts?  Also, depending on granite you suggest with honey-colored cabinetry, what backsplash, color and style? I like transitional design, not modern but not too traditional. 

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    - Derek
    07:40PM, Feb 25 2012

    Sure! My suggestions for a backsplash option to continue the traditional, warm feel of your kitchen would be possibly 2" x 4" sized Tawny Beige marble tile or for a tone with more golden highlights you can try Giallo Etrusco tile in a basket weave pattern. I've attached pictures for your reference. Good luck!

  • JKC 10:37PM, Feb 23 2012

    Hi - Love your blog!  I have a question if you have the time - thanks in advance!

    I have white (Pearl) Dynasty Omega raised panel cabinets (brushed nickel hardware) going into our new kitchen, with saddle colored oak hardwood floors and giallo ornamental granite on our island and counters. My style is very traditional.  Can you recommend a backsplash that will help complete our look?  Thank you!

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    - Derek
    04:09PM, Feb 23 2012

    My recommendation for you is a tumbled, natural stone tile. Specifically, options such as Noce travertine in a Versailles pattern, or tumbled Rhine travertine, are quite appropriate and have warm undertones. I've attached pictures for you to see.

  • Lphelland 02:39AM, Feb 19 2012 Color is honey oak
  • Lphelland 02:39AM, Feb 19 2012 Change the color of our cabinets to honey noak.
  • Lphelland 02:28AM, Feb 19 2012 Any suggestions for blacksplash for galileo west granite kitchen countertops?  Our cabinets are a mid-pine color with stainless steel appliances.
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    - Derek
    04:43PM, Feb 18 2012 I recommend to pick your slab of Giallo Ornamental to be used for the countertops before you make a final decision for the backsplash. The backsplash tile can be the last decision and it's installed after the countertop. Sometimes blue tones clash with the other colors presented in your design, but if the G.O. is a lighter, creme shipment then I think you can pull it off nicely. Good luck and let me know how everything goes!
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    - Derek
    05:35PM, Feb 16 2012 The cabinetry is an excellent choice -- I am also quite a fan of a rich, rustic cherry wood color that has depth and elegance. The countertops should be lighter to offset and contrast the cherry, so Giallo Ornamental is quite an appropriate choice for this. For something a little warmer, you can also look at Santa Cecilia, and New Venetian Gold. Good luck!
  • Gsapphire91 07:56PM, Feb 15 2012 Wow you have great answers, and I'm hoping you can address mine as well. I am thinking of using the Giallo Ornamental granite for my kitchen.  My cabinets are a natural walnut, the flooring is a light white tile. The 10 ft island has a stepped counter top. The top portion is a natural walnut slab. The bottom half would be the Giallo O. I would use the G.O. all the way around the kitchen and then go back to a walnut counter top for an 8ft built in buffet in the dining room. My dilemma, my favorite color is blue.  I chose four cobalt blue pendants for above the island.  I will probably do a deep blue paint color behind the buffet. How will the G.O. look with the blue if I accent it around the kitchen? My thought was a back splash of  4 inch travertine adding cobalt blue glass pieces randomly around the kitchen.  I am hoping the G.O. is more white than yellow. I am not fond of Venetian gold although it does look great with walnut cabinets.  Any thoughts or photos would be helpful? Should I wait to see my slab before I choose the travertine for my slab?
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    - Derek
    02:46PM, Feb 14 2012 The great thing about stainless steel sinks, is that it pretty much goes with any granite shade. But for the colored sinks, I actually think a darker color will look sleek and elegant, so I'm leaning toward that if you're going to use the colored sinks.
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    - Derek
    02:27PM, Feb 14 2012 Sorry for the late response. Did you make a decision already? If not, you have to make a decision on if you want to use a dark or light stone. Since you have an open design plan with white cabinets, I'm leaning toward a dark granite choice for you to offset the cabinets and create a sleek contrast. The Butterfly is still quite popular around here, another that is timeless and durable would be Ubatuba. My second choice is Giallo Ornamental because it's a warm choice. The White Springs will work if you want a neutral, white, and magazine-looking kitchen. Those are very popular right now, but I am not so fond of this type of style. Kinga's backsplash suggestions are on-point, so please look at those for your tile decisions. Good luck!
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    - Derek
    02:00PM, Feb 14 2012 Hello Kathy! For backsplash, my recommendation is a classic tumbled Ivory Fontane travertine, or Mediterranean Ivory travertine. I've attached pictures for your reference. As far as paint colors, Kinga is right on point with her choices so take a look at those when you visit the paint store. Let us know how everything goes!
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    - Kinga
    07:05PM, Feb 13 2012 If you want to go with a popular sink, a stainless steel is a great option. However, I think the tan sink would look amazing in your kitchen. So my vote is for the tan!
  • Mkfoss 05:43PM, Feb 13 2012 We need help picking out a countertop and backsplash - we have stainless steel appliances and travertine flooring.  We loved the rich look of cherry cabinetry in sweet cinammon stain (but would be open to consider other options). Our kitchen has a large window and is open to the living area which has warm tones (walnut and leather furniture, light millet colored carpet and walls).  Would Giallo Ornamental be a good choice?  Or would Santa Cecilia be better? Or do we need to rethink the cabinetry too?
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    - Kinga
    05:16PM, Feb 13 2012 I feel the White Spring would be a beautiful choice for your cabinets as it would provide a light and airy feel in the kitchen. I would recommend something darker and bold on the backsplash like Anatolia Bliss Cabernet Linear Mosaic to give the room drama and backsplash more visual interest. The Verde Butterfly is definitely not going out of style as it’s a very popular and widely used stone. I would recommend an Anatolia Bliss Spa Linear Mosaic backsplash to tie the colors together while adding movement in the space. Lastly, the Giallo Ornamental is also a fine choice paired with a beautiful backsplash combo like Ballet France. Each of the stones you mentioned would look amazing with your cabinets and flooring. I would recommend seeing each stone in person with a cabinet door against it.  Take your time in picking your granite but you have a great eye for color. Go with the stone you like the most! Hope this helps!
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    - Kinga
    05:04PM, Feb 13 2012 Check out “Old World Romance” and “Marmalade” by Benjamin Moore. I feel both of these colors would compliment your space very well. As far as the backsplash, I would recommend a tumbled noce travertine with accent tiles to continue the rustic and traditional feel of the kitchen. Let me know what you think!
  • Kathyschmidt07 12:20AM, Feb 8 2012 Hi, there!
    We are putting Giallo Ornamental Dark granite in. Our floors are Country Walnut at Home Depot, and we are refinishing our golden oak cabinets into a much deeper shade. What would you recommend for a backsplash and for paint colors?
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    - Derek
    07:20PM, Jan 31 2012 My suggestions for you would be to add a rich colored accent wall, such as the burgundy shade visible in the pictured I've attached to my response (the Giallo Ornamental is used here). For the backsplash tile, to make the kitchen a focal point of your home, I'd say to look at interesting natural stone tile murals for over the stove such as the "Archway to Venice", I've attached a picture to show you what I mean. Hope this helps!
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    - Kinga
    04:06PM, Jan 27 2012 The setup you are going with is beautiful and definitely not boring. Anytime you use natural stone, you turn your room into an extraordinary space.  To further enhance the design, consider using a tumbled Durango travertine backsplash with decorative accents or boarders. A medallion behind the stone, cooktop or sink will instantly add drama, more elegance and style to your space. Let me know what you think!
  • Nemery 03:07AM, Jan 27 2012 I think I will end up chosing the Giallo Ornamental granite.  I am drawn to the lighter tones in it, but can visualize the pop that a contrasting dark counter top would offer.

    I am working out the color for the cabinets, but they will be glazed in a brownish tone with a neutral Ivory- med. beige base coat.  

    The floor is a ceramic tile that does a great job of looking like real stone.  It is a light medium neutral color overall with to medium to dark colorations.  I want to achieve a light, fresh, natural look without being boring.  Can you make any suggestions to help me reach my goal without falling short.
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    - Derek
    08:10PM, Jan 12 2012 For the wall paint color, Benjamin Moore "Barely Beige" or "Linen White" are both soft, neutral, and calm colors that compliment your design nicely.
  • Rhondaannp 09:53PM, Jan 11 2012 Hello!
    We just installed giallo ornamental granite in our kitchen, and we are going to be resurfacing our cabinets a dark brown color.  What would you choose for paint colors?  Something neutral? Thanks!
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    - Kinga
    07:07PM, Dec 2 2011 Take a look at Bliss Bamboo and Cappuccino. I feel it will work in your space while appealing to your taste. Let me know what you think!
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    - Derek
    09:58PM, Nov 16 2011 My suggestions for wall color for your set-up are Benjamin Moore "Bashful" and "Crossroads". A maroon shade of color is appropriate, and these choices, or something similar, should satisfy your desire for such a tone. I feel that a blue tone would be too cold for your design. Hope this helps!
  • Terri 01:35AM, Nov 12 2011 Hello!  We are remodeling our kitchen and have chosen Giallo Cream for the granite countertops.  The cabinets will be alder with a cappuccino stain, and the floor will be Genoa Marini.  We are confused what color to paint the kitchen and dining room walls.  It is an open-concept that flows right into the dining area.  Should we paint both rooms the same color, and should we go dark or light?  Also, what colors complement all these brown tones?  Can we go with a blue or maroon?  Any suggestions will be so appreciated!
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    - Derek
    06:18PM, Nov 10 2011 I recommend for your design a SomerTile Reflections subway amber glass & stone mosaic. It would compliment the Giallo Ornamental granite nicely and strike a balance you're trying to achieve. I've attached an image for your reference. Let me know what you think!
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    - Derek
    06:04PM, Nov 10 2011 Seems like very similar looking stones. Remember, some companies change the name of the stone when it's delivered. Remember to always look at the full slabs in-person!
  • Mimi 04:40PM, Nov 9 2011 Hello there!
    We are renovating our kitchen which is a totally open plan design with our living&dining room.  Our floors are a light to medium brown.  Our cabs will be either antique white or cream.  We like the Giallo Ornamental for countertops but don't know what would look best for backsplash.  We have transitional/traditional taste - don't like modern but don't want too old either. Maybe a tan'beige basketweave or a similar shade of plain glass tile?  Any suggestions are very welcome.  
  • Julie_bugg_3 06:00PM, Oct 31 2011 is Giallo Ornamental granite the same as Giallo Santo granite? If not what are the differences between them?
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    - Derek
    07:24PM, Oct 26 2011 Giallo Ornamental is a soft and light choice that will offset the brownish and reddish aspects in your set-up nicely to create a warm contrast. For the backsplash, I'd use a glass tile as the one I've attached to my response. It's called Candlelight Atmosphere Collection. Let me know what you think of it.
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    02:34PM, Oct 21 2011 I'm with Kinga on this one, you should use the Giallo Ornamental set-up. You do not want the kitchen to look cold and boring. You want the countertop to be organic, create depth, and be a centerpiece of your design. The Ornamental will help you achieve this goal. Hope this helps.
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    - Kinga
    12:33PM, Oct 21 2011 Both of the stones you are considering are beautiful choices for your space. However, I’m learning towards the Giallo Ornamental countertop as it would create a much warmer and more inviting feel. The Kashmir White may feel slightly cold against the white cabinets and blend a bit too much. I feel the Giallo Ornamental will give you a beautiful contrast, warmth and balance in the space so my vote is still the Giallo Ornamental.
  • WS 11:44PM, Oct 20 2011 Thank you for the wall color ideas - those are definitely contenders. 

    One more wrinkle - my wife brought home a sample of Kashmir White, and we really like it.  What do you think of using it as alternative to Giallo Ornamental with our white cabinets?  Here are our current options:

    Giallo Ornamental counters
    White Dove cabinets
    Travertine backsplash (likely the lighter Durango with this option)


    Kashmir White counters
    White Dove cabinets
    Travertine backsplash (likely a warmer Noce with this option)

    Floors are traditional oak in a medium golden-brown.

    I'd love to hear you professional opinions.
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    - Kinga
    05:03PM, Oct 20 2011 If you did a beautiful tumbled Noce or Durango travertine with a honed Emparador Dark mosaic border, it would satisfy both of your preferences and tie the space together. Take a look at the photo of a pattern idea I attached. I feel it would spice up your backsplash quite well. For wall color, check out Benjamin Moore’s “Light Breeze” or “Twisted Oak Path”. Let me know what you think!
  • WS 03:03PM, Oct 20 2011 Thanks for your help.  I think you have gone three for three.  In the past 12 hours we have leaned much more toward the whiter white - the cabinets are in production, so the decision has to be made soon.  We both like the Giallo Ornamental and we just want to be sure it pairs well with White Dove.  We feel like the travertine backsplash will add some warmth without being too dark.  Our only remaining "battles" are  the tile pattern and tumbled (my preference) vs. honed (my wife's preference).  Oh, and a nice beige for the walls...
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    02:38PM, Oct 20 2011 Why are you forced to make all the decisions at the same time? Either way, believe it or not, I truly feel like you're on track and have a strong head on your shoulders. I'm leaning toward the stark white cabinet color for an elegant and sharp design that accentuates clean lines. Add in the always sharp and classic Giallo Ornamental and a tumbled Noce travertine tile, perhaps in a Versailles pattern, for the backsplash and you're good to go. Let me know what you think.
  • WS 11:29PM, Oct 19 2011 We are picking our cabinet paint color, our countertops, and our backsplash, simultaneously.  We seem to have wound up in an endless loop.  For paint, we go between Benjamin Moore White Dove (very white) and Benjamin Moore Linen White (creamier).  We really like Giallo Ornamental because it is relatively consistent, light, and beige/gray rather than yellow.  For our backsplash, we like creme/tan travertine subway tiles or traditional ceramic subway tiles (somewhere in the white to off-white range). 

    Unfortunately, all these decisions depend on all the other decisions.  If we settle on Giallo Ornamental, will it go well with both the white white and the creamy white? Or, should we pick white white or creamy white and then pick Giallo Ornamental or some alternative granite that works better with the paint? Does the backsplash affect these decisions.  Overload!  Any thoughts would be helpful.
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    - Derek
    05:00PM, Oct 4 2011 All three of the possible choices are not too far from each other and are from the same basic family of consistent pattern, warm granite tones. Either one will work with your set-up. but I'm leaning toward the Santa Cecilia Real variety of stone for you. I've attached a Comparison Chart for your reference: http://www.Marmidicarrara.com
  • Gail VanValkenburg 03:36AM, Oct 2 2011
    We have oak hardwood flooring and pure white kitchen cabinets. The walls are painted a subtle
    soft yellow. The appliances are black and stainless. The only window faces south, better light in winter, shade in summer, so it tends to be dark.  The sink will be black granite.  I like Giallo Santa Cecilia for a countertop, but my husband likes either NVG, GO, or one with blue flecks.  We plan to use a light beige Lugano tumbled look tile back splash, with geometric stone border across the middle.Hardware and faucet are brushed stainless.
    I would love suggestions.
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    - Derek
    08:00PM, Sep 13 2011 In your design situation, I feel like a honed and tumbled Botticino marble tile would be perfect to compliment the Blue Eyes granite. I've attached an image for your reference.
  • Elizabeth Lorenzen 07:15AM, Sep 10 2011 Hello Derek. We are remodeling a home with "blue eyes" already in place. I love it and plan to keep it. Currently we are thinking of painting the cabinets BM 'London Fog" to pick up the taupe- gray. I am stumped on the backsplash... maybe marble? I would love your opinion on this. Thanks much
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    - Derek
    05:53PM, Sep 8 2011 You can surely use a black sink for a stark and elegant contrast. For a safer and calmer choice,a bisque sink would fit the design better, but take away the "wow" factor. It's really up to you. Let me know what you decide!
  • Jefson4 08:30PM, Sep 7 2011 Hello again, Derek.  Thank you so much for your suggestions concerning my granite choice and backspash.  I forgot to mention that I have bisque appliances and would like to know if a black sink would look good with either one of the granites or should I go with a bisque sink?
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    - Derek
    06:16PM, Sep 7 2011 These are very similar stones in color tone and pattern. In the end, I'm leaning toward the New Venetian Gold as it's a warmer color. Make sure to compare the two granite's in person and look at the full slabs to make your final decision! As for backsplash tile, take a look at a light 1" x 2" cut split-face natural travertine mosaic, that would look beautiful against your choices! I've attached an image for your reference. Good luck!
  • Jeffson4 12:20AM, Sep 5 2011 I have Rubberwood cabinets with a honey stain (they are light) and can't decide between Giallo Ornamental and New Venetian Gold for the granite. What would you suggest?  Also, any suggestions for the backspash?  I want to keep it neutral.
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    - Derek
    01:22PM, Aug 31 2011 For your granite choice, I suggest a color such as 'Blue Eyes' and 'Silver Waves'. In my opinion, Blue Eyes is the safe and effective choice because of it's consistent pattern, grey shades with blue flecks and brown undertones. The 'Silver Waves' has the color palette you're interesting in and a dramatic, interesting veined pattern. Not much in the way of browns, but it could work nicely in your design. I've created a Comparison Table for the stones. Good luck! http://www.Marmidicarrara.com
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    11:54AM, Aug 24 2011 For a blue and white theme, Sapphire Blue would tie your wood elements while introducing the blue tone that you like and painting your walls for example Benjamin Moore’s “Snow White” or even “In Your Eyes” would create the look you are after. There are other blue options like Azul Aran and Blue Bahia but you have to keep in mind that such blue granites tend to be much more expensive. Also check out Tan Blue, Baltic Blue and Blue And Black. For backsplash ideas, a natural tumbled marble with glass inserts or ceramic tile resembling natural stone would be a fantastic addition. For a more classic look, a honed White Carrara would definitely work wonderfully. Let me know what you think so far!http://www.Marmidicarrara.com
  • Gwen Halsey 05:31AM, Aug 21 2011 Hi!  I have oak (light reddish brown and marbled looking) cabinets.  They are a nice wood but a little 80's country kitchen for me.  I can't afford to replace them.  The floor is cream tiles.  I prefer cool colors (whites, greys, blues) to warm (not into any goldish or orange or green counters).  There is a lot of wood in the connected great room so wondering if need to tie it in w some brown flecks in the granite, despite my cool palette preferences?  Also would like suggestions for tile backsplash (current but classic and not pricey)?  RIght now it is painted sage (green) but I am pricing changing that.  I want to have a blue and white theme in the kitchen (have blue and white china to hang on the walls) so open to even paint color suggestions if you do that.  I would treasure your help!
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    - Kinga
    05:30PM, Jun 23 2011 I feel a darker granite will compliment your design very well. I like Derek's Golden Jade suggestion. Also check our Ubatuba, Green Gold and Emerald Pearl.
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    - Kinga
    05:18PM, Jun 23 2011 I feel the NVG will spice up your design. Let me know if your fabricator still has the slab in stock. If you have some photos I would love to see them!
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    - Derek
    08:11PM, Jun 22 2011 Perhaps you should go with a granite color that will compliment the warmth of the cabinets and your green accents. Take a look at Butterfly and Golden Jade.
  • susan 06:52PM, Jun 22 2011 We have meduim colored pine cabinets, stainless appliances, green wall paper - what would be the best granite color for the counter tops?
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    - Derek
    04:51PM, Jun 22 2011 Yes, make sure to look at the stone in-person and pick the slab that you want to use, this is very important as natural stone varies between deliveries of the same color!
  • Sherry 04:48PM, Jun 22 2011 Thank you! I just hope they still have the slab I liked.
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    - Derek
    01:46PM, Jun 22 2011 I'd like to compliment you on such a warm and rich floor tile. I feel like it's the centerpiece of your design and the granite should pick up your Montagna Belluno tile. With that being said, the New Venetian Gold has undertones that will pick up these aspects in your design, so I also pick the NVG.
  • Sherry 09:23PM, Jun 21 2011 Thanks! I am going back tomorrow to look at them side by side again, but I am with you on the NVG looking richer.
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    05:26PM, Jun 21 2011 You’re definitely in a tough position because both stones would look wonderful with your setup. However, I feel that the New Venetian Gold would be a better choice. I actually took both Giallo Ornamental and the NVG samples side by side and the NVG feels richer and seems to have more depth. The NVG is a popular choice with many designs because it’s very neutral and easy on the eyes. So my vote is for the NVG!
  • Sherry 05:02PM, Jun 21 2011 We are putting cabinets with mission oak stain, satin wood die, and walnut highlights. (They are dark, but highlighted.) The tile is Montagna Belluno from Home Depot. It varies with browns, tans, ivories and a little orange. I chose the NVG and then changed to Giallo Orn. Went by the granite place yesterday and am 2nd guessing! Which do you think would go better? The fixtures are all delta victorian venetion bronze. Please help!!!
  • Penney 06:07PM, Jun 1 2011 I'm not worried about the stone. I just wanted to know if the salesman might have been mistaken in what he sold me for my kitchen. I have stopped at a couple of other granite places to look at their samples of Giallo Ornamental and they do not look like what I have in my kitchen. One person said that there is no green in Giallo Ornamental. Thanks.
  • Penney 04:55PM, Jun 1 2011 Does Giallo Ornamental have spots of green in the granite? I recently had granite countertops installed and they are beautiful. However, when I picked out the granite, the guy told me it was Giallo Ornamental and when I picked out my slab, the sample of Giallo Ornamental I had in my hand didn't look close to the slab I picked out. The colors in the slab were the light background with black, garnite, gray, brown and green. When I was looking at the samples in the showroom, the slab looked more like Bianco Romano than Giallo Ornamental. Could the salesman have made a mistake? Thanks.
  • ed black 03:20PM, May 16 2011 My wife and I have selected Giallo Ornamental for our kitchen and bathroom. The sales person has shown us what he's calling "light" & "dark" giallo ornamental. Is this difference merely a difference in the slab is is this another variety of giallo ornamanetal?
  • Sharon O'maley 07:40PM, May 15 2011 I just had giallo ornamental installed in my kitchen I have oak cabinets with early american stain (they are light) stainless steel appliances and light color tile (cream colored). I need help with the back splash. Any suggestions ? Thanks
  • Donna 09:46AM, May 13 2011 I am remodeling my kitchen and have choosen dark cherry cabinets. I can't seem to decide between going light or dark with the granite. My favorites are the tan brown and the white diamonds. What should I consider in tyring to make the choice?
  • Nancy 05:17PM, May 11 2011 We picked a giallo ornamental slab for our master bath. What kind of tile & flooring would be appropriate? Dark cabinets, polished chrome fixtures, Transitional style overall ... Trying to avoid rustic look ...thanks! We thought of a traditional basket weave mosiac marble sheet (crema marfil with dark brown accent) for floor - sorry, not sure how best to describe. Thanks!
  • susan 07:09AM, Apr 27 2011 I'm trying to decide on a granite, I have dark maple with a hint of red, my wall is a mango color, floors yello birch and appliances black. Help
  • Lisa 08:42AM, Apr 25 2011 Hi, I have natural oak kitchen cabinets and a well lit kitchen. What granite would you recommend? I was going to do a darker brown tile on the floor with satinless steel appliances.
  • Trissy 05:03PM, Mar 8 2011 Hi, I meant the picture that's on this web site. Here's a link to the picture with the Giallo Ornamental countertop that I meant. I"m interested in the cabinet color of this picture as I"m looking to replace my cabinets. My floor is also the same color as the picture in this link. Can you help me locate the color of these cabinets? http://oMarmidicarrara.com
    /gallery/kitchens/big/40.jpg Thank you, Trissy
  • trissy 11:51PM, Mar 7 2011 Help, I need to select a paint to match with the giallo ornamental counter top above and I really like the dark color cabinets. What color is this and do you have the Dunn Edwards paint color that I can reference. Is the cabinet color dark cherry or expresson brown? Thank you so much for your help.
  • Mary 04:27PM, Mar 2 2011 Thank you. I like your suggestion. I am worried Tropical Brown maybe too dark or too yellow. May I also ask your suggestion on a back splash to go with this idea?
  • Mary 05:50PM, Feb 27 2011 Please suggest a granite counter top. I have golden oak cabinets and hardwood floors along with almond applianes. I am unsure of what will go well. The selctions I have come to like are Giallo ornamental, tropic brown, brown pocono and St Cicilia.. What would you suggest?
  • Linda 02:05PM, Feb 22 2011 Putting in white beadboard cabinets and tumbled backsplash(in subway design) white appl., should we go santa ceciela, new venetian gold, or gaillo ornamental. It's very hard to chose. I have blue and yellow curtain in ajoining dining area.
  • Amy Adams 08:23PM, Jan 30 2011 I have dark espresso cabinets and can't decide to go with the New Venetian Gold, Santa Cecilia, or Giallo Ornamental. But I also like White Springs? Any suggestions?
  • Karen 08:42PM, Jan 23 2011 We are trying to decide between Ornamental and NVG for our kitchen. Our cabinets are oak with a medium cherry stain and the floors are a light cream colored tile. We have all SS appliances. It took me forever to find a neutral beige to paint the walls....every color that I tried looked peachy, until I found a beige with more yellow in it and no red. The walls are now a pretty medium gold/beige. I'm not a fan of a lot of gold, but would like to give the room some warmth. Which counter top would you recommend?
  • Cara 10:42PM, Dec 11 2010 Our Kitchen will have maple cabinets (butternut finish). I'm trying to stay away from countertops that will make the kitchen look to "peachy". Would the ornamental be a good option?- if not any other suggestions appreciated..thanks
  • Lori 07:21AM, Oct 25 2010 Hi, I am working with JCI Gorgetown cabinets and finally decided (?) on Giallo Ornamental granite. Please let me know the tile that you are showing in your website for the back splash. It is beautiful. Thank you, Lori
  • Beth 03:25PM, Sep 2 2010 Have naural cherry cabinets(have redden with age), black appliances, medium hardwood floors. First thought I'd go with dark countertops (ubatula, Antique Butterfy) ,however,when I brought home samples they looked too dark. Now leaning toward Venetian Gold or GalloOrnamental. Would like to install garnite composite sink ,preferably black. (would opt for beige if necessary.) Suggestions?
  • Marmi di Carrara 04:25PM, Apr 29 2010 mary: You should Take a sample home of the Ornamental and Ubatuba to see how it looks like inside the kitchen next to the cabinets. I'm still leaning towards the Ubatuba to contrast the honey cabinets and white appliances, but since you have no natural light and it's a small space it might make the kitchen too dark. If this is the case, then go with the Ornamental.
  • mary 12:23PM, Apr 29 2010 I should probably give you more information. The floors are a porcelain travertine look tile, the appliances are white, the cabinets a honey oak and the backsplash is painted a tomotoe red. There is no natural light, and it is a small space. I can get a good price on the following stones: Black pearl, tan brown, giallo ornamental and ubatuba. Any suggestions would help.
  • mary 10:22PM, Apr 28 2010 I have a very small condo kitchen, with no window. The floor is travertine, the cabinets a honey oak. I can get either ubatuba or giallo ornamental for the counters. What do you recommend?
  • Angie 11:24PM, Apr 17 2010 Sorry, that should have said "also, WALLS are a beige color".
  • Angie 04:16PM, Apr 17 2010 We have cream colored cabinets, mocha(called cafe)tile floors and are installing giallo ornamental granite. can not decide if we should do a light backsplash or match the floor since the cabinets & granite are creamy colored. Also was are a beige color?? Please help
  • Kelly 07:52PM, Apr 15 2010 We are getting natural cherry cabinets with a dark brown glaze, an espresso island, and ss appliances. Was wondering if either the Giallo Ornamental or the Giallo Fiorito was a decent choice? So hard to tell the differences. Thanks!
  • Laura 08:20PM, Mar 13 2010 The house we've moved into has reddish oak hardwood flooring and Champagne Oak kitchen cabinets. The room is currently painted a subtle soft yellow. The appliances are bisque. This room does not have alot of natural light and tends to be dark. Would Giallo Ornamental be a good choice for a countertop? If not, I would love suggestions.
  • Stephanie 06:11PM, Mar 10 2010 I have Oak Cabinets and Giallo Ornamental countertops, what color ceramic tile would you recommend in my kitchen?
  • Pat 03:42PM, Mar 2 2010 Cabinets are cream with mocha glaze, island seinna, ss app. and light aged oak floors. would like giallo oranamental. i want a ligh airy look. will this work?
  • Sheila 09:46AM, Feb 28 2010 We have red birch cabinets, oak hardwood floors and white appliances. My husband likes ubatuba, but I feel there are too may different colors going on if I use that. Could you please offer some suggestions. The salesperson liked oriental rose, I was thinking giallo ornamentale or colonial cream. We are looking to sell in a few years, so I'm considering that also. Price is a factor too. Thanks so much, Sheila
  • Vanessa 07:47PM, Jan 29 2010 Hello again! Please settle a difference of "expert" opinion. I went to 2 diff granite places & asked about Giallo Ornamental. Specifically, I asked if GO has the dark garnet flecks in it - the one place had GO which had dark red flecks, so the answer was yes. The other said no. Could this be because of the different lots they have? Looking at your website, the GO does not appear to have garnet in it, yet a finished kitchen I saw did have it. The reason I ask is that I think I have found GO with garnet in it (potentially at least from the picture). I am sure as with any slab, it changes over time and what one store thought didnt have garnet in it, might now, correct? As I mentioned before, the NVG samples seem to be too gold for my taste and I thought that the GO would be a good compromise. Can you shed some light on this "million dollar" question for me? I would like to be able to get a good night's sleep by next Tuesday!!! ;) As always, much appreciated!
  • Vanessa 08:25AM, Jan 27 2010 Thank you so very much! I would like to see if I can find the Giallo that is lighter and has the darker burgundy flecks. Thank you again - you are a terrific moderator!!! :)
  • Vanessa 07:27PM, Jan 26 2010 Help!!! I am so confused and frustrated right now. I am going to have dark cherry cabinets installed soon. Walls will be beige, floors are light maple hardwood, appliances are SS. I was set on New Venetian Gold but the lot # I liked is no longer available. It was much lighter/whiter than the current lots (current ones are very gold). So, I went to look at Giallo Ornamental. The slab they showed me was very BROWN. I want the neutral looking Giallo that has those nice garnet flecks/speckles in it. Does Giallo Ornamental come this way and will this go well with my dark red cherry cabinets? Or should I go back to NVG??? I have analysis paralysis right now (and a very bad headache :) ) Thank you!
  • Ed 05:44PM, Jan 13 2010 sorry. don't know how to cut and paste, but it's the Minwax website, click on stains, then click on 22 stain colors. Provincial is a little lighter than "dark walnut". I think you are right about the better contrast with "dark walnut".
  • Ed 03:42PM, Jan 13 2010 thanks so much. guess I have been reluctant to chose very dark cabinets. Did you see the colors at Miniwax website? Is Provincial not as good a choice as dark walnut? have you seen the dark walnut on bathroom cabinets? thanks again. I appreciate your input.
  • Ed 10:47AM, Jan 13 2010 please take a look at Minwax stains and let me know what you think about using either Dark Walnut or Provincial stain on bathroom cabinets when I am using Giallo Ornamental granite and a light, neutral floor. Is dark walnut too dark or do I need that contrast with my granite and floor combination? most people are steering us to the dark walnut stain to be a definite contrast with the rest of the bathroom. thanks so much.
  • leo 01:03AM, Jan 12 2010 I am remodeling my kitchen and am having a terrible time choosing a countertop. My cabinets are a espresso colored birch. My floor is a porcelain tile called Fantasia almond and my app is black and my wall snadcastle.Any suggestions.
  • Richard Milby 12:04PM, Jan 6 2010 The oak cabinets have a fruitwood stain and the oak flooring is fawn.The slab of New Venetian Gold we have looked at seems pretty dark in color. We definitely would like to brighten the room a bit. So you would recommend the Giallo Ornamental? Thank you very much for your assistance.
  • Richard Milby 05:50AM, Jan 6 2010 We have oak cabinets and oak hardwood floors which are both medium to dark in color and are looking at Giallo Ornamental or New Venetian Gold. The lighting in the room is moderate and we have stainless appliances. We like the New Venetian Gold but were concerned it may be too dark. What would you suggest?
  • Joan 03:11PM, Dec 28 2009 We have chosed "dark walnut" stain with our Giallo Ornamental countertop and light porcelin tile floor (bathroom). About the stained cabinets: I thought it looks best to stain the cabinets doors and drawers, inside and outside. But, most people are telling me just polyurethan the inside of the drawers and cabinet shelves and only stain the outside of cabinets and drawers. What is your opinion of this? thanks.
  • Ashley 04:48AM, Dec 25 2009 We are doing Giallo Ornamental counters with dark chestnut cabinets. We are thinking a lighter travertine for the backsplash with a border tha that has light,med and dark squares to tie it in or bronze orion squares periodically. Would it be a mistake to go with a dark floor? I found a dark tile i like. It is called praire dust? Each tile is a slightly different shade, but darker. I can't decide if it is better to go lighter. I don't want to go too light b/c i have kids and they spill things. Do you have any suggestion on what would tie in nicely and not look too busy?
  • Joan 10:45AM, Dec 18 2009 We have brought samples home (Minwax) of stain home from Home Depot, and none of them are the "dark cherry" or even close to it. Their colors called "red oak" & "red mahogany" are a brown color. Can you suggest some brands and colors of stain that would give me that "dark cherry", "spice" or "cranberry glaze" look? Perhaps it would have to be a stain from somewhere other than Home Depot. We are frustrated bringing home so many stains and staining the oak wood we are using for our bathroom cabinets. None are even close to a cherry or even a pretty brown to go with Giallo Ornamental. Can you help by giving some exact brands that would have a "dark cherry" stain? Many thanks.
  • joan 04:51PM, Dec 16 2009 would you chose a dark cherry stained wood over a dark brown stained wood? My contractor showed me a sample of a dark brown stain on oak, and it was so dark, almost black. Is there some "cherry" in the giallo ornamental?
  • joan 12:44PM, Dec 16 2009 we are about to install giallo ornamental counter in our rather small bathroom. the floor is a fairly light porcelin tile. we are definitely doing stained cabinets, but our dilema is what color stain looks good with giallo ornamental? I put dark brown stain next to it, and it's too dark. then we tried walnut stain next to the granite, and it doesn't seem to look good either. should we be "matching" the dark brownn color in giallo ornamental or what color stain would you recommend? your pictures shows a dark cherry wood stain with giallo. is that your choice? many thanks. we are lost!
  • Jason 12:16PM, Dec 14 2009 Thanks for your help. If we were to use the honey cabinets, what granite would you recommend? Also, would cherry color cabinets look too heavy for the 12'x12' kitchen?
  • Jason 06:54PM, Dec 12 2009 We have a smaller kitchen (12'x12') with one small bay window. We are remodeling and making a half wall into the dining room. We think this will create more natural light. We really like the look of the Giallo Ornamental and feel it will continue to "lighten the room". We are debating between a cherry cabinet or a honey tan cabinet. We've seen many pictures of the cherry and the contrast looks nice. That said, we're looking for a more modern look. How would the Giallo Ornamental look with a modern style honey tan oak cabinets? I also feel like the honey tan gives us more options for modern tiles (glass subway tiles), Thoughts?
  • ErinS 09:39AM, Dec 10 2009 Thank you so much! Your site has helped us make our decision...have a Merry Christmas!
  • ErinS 11:33AM, Dec 9 2009 Good morning! We are installing maple cabinets (stain color is called Sable-I can send you a link if you need to see the color) and are trying to decide between the Giallo Ornamental and Santa Cecilia. The floors are a very light travertine and the backsplash will be a ceramic travertine look-alike in a light beige.
  • Claudia 02:48AM, Dec 6 2009 a little more info--this is for the kitchen and the appliances are all stainless. we have decent light, although it's not the brightest. lastly, we are making the updates to prepare the home for resale so we want to appeal as much as possible...would like countertops to compliment/feature the kitchen space (as opposed to just blending). Thanks again--this site is fantastic!
  • Claudia 02:40AM, Dec 6 2009 we have red oak cabinets and red oak floors and having a tough time deciding on the color for granite countertops...would giallo ornamental get washed out? would we be better off with a darker option like uba tuba that has flecks of honey/gold that compliment the cabinets? Other colors we've considered are tropic brown, tan brown or even giallo leaf. the surrounding paint colors in the kitchen is big and has good amount of light; the paint color is a burgandy/rosy brown and adjacent great room is beige/olive (benjamin moore greenbrier beige). Thx for your help!
  • Frank 01:50PM, Nov 30 2009 We just installed omega oyster gognac cabinets which are a light beige color. Basically an oyster finish with a cognac glaze. We can't decide on the granite. We are looking at millenium cream,giallo ornamental and new venetian gold. The kitchen is a u design. Can you give me your thoughts? Thanks
  • Joan 06:16PM, Nov 5 2009 we are thinking of using stained cabinets in our bathroom with giallo ornamental granite and a light porcelin tile floor. What is your opinion of dark stained cabinets with giallo ornamental? Also, would you use dark brown? I put cherry stain near ornamental, & it seems that ornamental has more brown in it. Advice? I have never stained bathroom cabinets, but all of your pictures above look fabulous. thanks.
  • Judy 08:37PM, Nov 2 2009 e have chosen cherry cabinet and giallo ornamental as the counter top. However, we are struggling with the floor color. We prefer to use tile rather than wood. Any recommendations?
  • michelle 06:03AM, Nov 1 2009 We are having difficulty decidinge the granite color for our white cabinets. We have considered Giallo Ornamental, antique brown and atlantic black. We have red birch wood flooring and stainless steel appliances. What would you suggest
  • Rosie 10:21PM, Oct 10 2009 Redoing our kitchen and will have honey oak floors, warm tone cafe stain on birch shaker style cabinets, brushed metal hardware, decent natural light. Having a hard time deciding on light vs. dark granite to give a contemporary look. Would Tan Brown or Tropical Brown be too dark? Considering Giallo Ornamental or NVG for a lighter option.
  • Sandra 10:29PM, Oct 5 2009 We have a large island 5ft x 12ft. I have heard of boardering on the sides of the granite slab to accomadate the large size instead of using a seam. What do you think?
  • Liz 07:20PM, Sep 24 2009 We have a small kitchen, maple cabinets in pecan with a brown shadow glaze, and white appliances. Trying to decide between Giallo Ornamental, Saint Cecilia or Kashmir white. What do you think?
  • Maxine 06:57PM, Sep 21 2009 I have a small, dark kitchen, cherry cabinets & white appliances. I am thinking of using your Ornamental granite for my countertops. OK?
  • amy 03:08PM, Sep 18 2009 what color granite countertop would you recommend with a brown tint travertine floor and natural (maple) cabinets
  • Kim 12:11PM, Aug 30 2009 We are remodeling our kitchen with stainless steel appliances and dark espresso cabinets. The kitchen is not very bright, so we would like to go with a lighter granite. I prefer cream/browns over gold tones in the granite. What suggestions do you have? I really like Giallo Ornamental.. any other suggestions? Thanks! :)
  • Marmi di Carrara 09:38AM, Aug 26 2009 SueB: Maybe something like Baltic Brown, or Tan Brown.
  • Stephanie 10:58AM, Aug 25 2009 I have Oak cabinets, a very light faux stone wallpaper on the walls with a French Cafe scene border at the top near the ceiling and a light stone floor. I cannot decide between Giallo Ornamental and New Venetian Gold. I worry that NVG has too much gold in it and will be too dark. Help?
  • Priya 04:26PM, Aug 3 2009 thanks for the response. We both liked ornamental more than venetian gold. what are best options for cabinet color matching the giallo ornamental. any advice would be highly appreciated
  • Priya 02:37PM, Aug 3 2009 The floor rt now has lit tan ceramic tiles with a lightest tint of pink on it. we are not planning to change that as they are in pretty good condition
  • Priya 08:43PM, Aug 2 2009 We have chosen Giallo Ornamental for our counter tops.Planning to use the same as 6" back splash. Rt not the cabinets are honey oak cabinets. the room doesn't get too mush natural light. Would appreciate any advice to choose matching wall color and cabinets
  • BRIAN 10:31AM, Jul 27 2009 My kitchen appliances are white, cabinets are honey oak with lines, and the floor has light colored tile floor. You recommend Giallo Ornamental, Santa Celia, or New Venitian Gold. I noticed Santa Cecila also comes in a Gold and light color as well. Which of the three do you think would work best?
  • BRIAN 10:14AM, Jul 27 2009 What is the difference between New Venitian Gold and Venitian Gold? And I noticed they have a light as well. Would you reccomend Santa Cecilia, light or Gold?
  • BRIAN 08:37AM, Jul 27 2009 I have a small kitched and white appliances. We are having honey oak cabinets installed with curvin line look. We are looking for a light colored granite that is speckled that would look nice with our kitchen. Any suggestions?
  • Amy 09:56AM, Jul 15 2009 i have giallo ornamental granite and the tilecrest roma porcelain tile which is camel color and S/S appliance. Right now we have a light pink color on walls and honey oak cabinet, both are which going to be changed. What color do you suggest for the cabinets and paint?
  • SHIRLEE 04:43PM, Jul 8 2009 Thank you for your answer.I just had Gaiallo Ornamental installed in the kitchen. The 7 ' island is significantly covered with pits and deep markings, that I can put a finger nail into and not pleased with the way it looks. Is this considered standard for this granite or just poor guaility stone. What should be done to reslove this issue?
  • SHIRLEE 08:53PM, Jul 7 2009 Is Giallo ornamental granite a soft stone? Is a lot of cracks,pits and fissures in it this stone charactistic of this stone? Should you be able to see & feel these ?
  • Mary 11:17AM, Jul 1 2009 Thanks for the info on the giallo ornamental.
  • Mary 07:37AM, Jun 12 2009 Does the Giallo Ornamental have a smooth finish or do you see and feel natural texturing or what I call pitting and scratches?
  • Curtis 02:57PM, Jun 4 2009 Redoing our kitchen. Have oak cabinets in a dark brown stain, with Giallo Ornamental granite counters and Marazzi Montagna Belluno tile. Do you think this will all look good together?
  • Shirley 01:40PM, Jun 3 2009 I have a question on a new home. I am thinking of this granite with dark wood, glazed porcelain 20x20 in the color of Travertine Noce and Kelly Moore Wise Owl paint. S/S appliances. Backsplash same as floor tile.What do you think?
  • Michelle 12:00AM, Jun 2 2009 I saw a Kashmir White a while back and I really liked it until I got my tile near it. Those who have seen my tile say it goes really well with my cabinets, but light granites don't seem to look good with the tile. They either look too yellow or too gray.
  • Michelle 05:09PM, May 30 2009 I am remodeling my kitchen and am having a terrible time choosing a countertop. My cabinets are a cherry colored maple and some are an off-white. My floor is a porcelain tile called Amalfi beige. I generally don't like too much yellow gold or orange, and want to keep it light because the kitchen is small. Any suggestions?
  • Kathleen 09:24AM, May 29 2009 Paint consultant suggested Benj Moore HC-83 or HC-80 to go on kitchen walls with Giallo ornamental. Seems quite dark. Any other paint suggestions. Cabinets will be white down (BM cc-50). Floor Golden West Oak
  • ashley 03:05PM, May 27 2009 boys bathroom_ autumn mist slate shower and bathroom floor- off white glazed cabniets ? will giallo ornamental work?
  • Pat 04:28PM, May 5 2009 Does the Giallo Ornamental have more of gray and black tones with white or yellow and brown tones with white? Many of the slab samples I've seen with more white in them have grayish black and yellow in it..is this typical?
  • Cindy 01:07AM, Apr 11 2009 Important question re: installation of giallo ornamental with very prominent horizontal black veining... shouldn't all pieced be installed with the veining going the same direction? My installer said it doesn't matter which direction the granite is placed. Wrong... you can tell immediately... We chose the specific slab from which to cut the pieces, but I never expected that the horizontal look of the granite would be upside down. Is this an industry standard? Just cut pieces from a slab like a cookie cutter? I think they just wanted to make cuts that were economical, regardless of the look? Your opinion?
  • Randy 04:57PM, Mar 2 2009 Thanks for the advice :^D love the contrast but was trying to stay away from marble, it's for my teenage daughter's bath... the vanity stain is quite brown, like a warmer espresso. Any color recommendations?
  • Randy 09:20AM, Mar 1 2009 I am thinking of using giallo ornamental in my bath (5x9) on a 48" dark cherry shaker vanity with a vessel sink. Is there a better choice for a contemporary look?
  • Kizzie 05:41PM, Jan 19 2009 I love the darker cabinet with the giallo ornamental shown in the pics. What is the cabinet choice as well as the flooring. I'm in the middle of a new construction and was undecided on the color of granite and cabinet choice until I came across these pics. I would appreciate a response indicating what type cabinets are shown in the pic. Thanks
  • stacie 02:25PM, Jan 19 2009 was looking into this granit top for 1/2 bath. The cabinet is vanilla bean glaze. Would this work or should we go with a darker color. The floors are cherry? also What color walls would compliment this? Would a light brown (oatmeal) be too blah?
  • nancy 06:56PM, Dec 1 2008 I have gaillo ornamental on my counters, Im having a small 36 inch island made and the place I bought the gaillo ornamental they dont have, what would go with this for an island top?
  • Betsy 10:10AM, Oct 12 2008 Thanks. I looked at Durango online and it looks perfect!
  • Betsy 10:07AM, Oct 5 2008 We have giallo ornamental counters and med. dark cherry cabinets. Can't decide what type of back splash - tumbled jerusalem gold looks too washed out.
  • Melissa 12:43PM, Sep 26 2008 We have oak cabinets, slightly darker hardwood floors, neutral sandish tan walls w/oil rubbed bronze knobs (probably the same for faucet) and lots of natural light. Would this be a good match?
  • Chevene 08:37PM, Sep 22 2008 I have dark cabinets, would this granite work
  • Mark 11:06PM, Sep 20 2008 Is "Ornamental Gold" from Stonemark the same as Giallo Ornamentale? Can anyone confirm this?
  • Louise 11:38AM, Aug 6 2008 I am having Decora Brandywine cherry cabinets w/ss appliances installed. My walls are light beige and the floors are medium pine. Looking for granite that won't be too dark but still has warm tone. Would Giallo Ornamental, Kashmir Gold,New Venetian Gold or Midura Gold look better?
  • Ellen 07:02PM, Jul 13 2008 We have purchased giallo ornamental light for our kitchen counters.Looking for a good match for tile backsplash. Am considering antiquarex tumbled marble chiaro 4x4 tiles with accent tiles of bas relief chiaro grapes and melegrano. any other suggestions for a good match with the ornamental light- color suggestions perhaps? Thanks, Ellen
  • Linda 10:14PM, Jul 9 2008 powder room floor Black Galexy, cabinet cherry acorn. I am considering giallo orni. What do you think? The counter top is about 6 ft.
  • Erika 09:57AM, Jul 7 2008 We are considering either giallo ornamental or laborador angola black/gold for our kitchen. We will have white cabinets to the ceiling, some bead board, creamy (with a bit of yellow) walls, hard wood floors - we are looking for a warmer feel to the kitchen. The looks are so different - any thoughts?
  • Cathy 10:29PM, May 1 2008 I am having warm cherry cabinets installed. Thinking of giallo orn. for perimeter and black galaxy for the island. Stainless appliances and medium colored oak hardwoods. Will these granite choices work?
  • Abhi 12:58PM, Apr 14 2008 We have white cabinets, yellow walls, stainless steel appliances. Will this look good? We don't want a black granite. Any other color that you would suggest.
  • Summer 10:07AM, Mar 16 2008 Just in case it would help to know we have stainless appliances.
  • Summer 10:03AM, Mar 16 2008 We have cherry cabinets in a truffle finish (medium brown, not reddish)with a walnut glaze for the perimeter. A cream colored island with a walnut glaze for the island and maple floor. We are looking at giallo ornamental, Santa Cecilia, or NVG. Would any of those work for us. Thanks
  • Leslie 01:14AM, Mar 13 2008 I will have a biscuit colored sink...what metal faucet will go?Stainless or chrome?
  • Frank 11:59AM, Mar 6 2008 Home Depot tells me that there "Ornamental Gold" from Stonemark is the same as Giallo Ornamentale. Can anyone confirm this?
  • Sara 04:46PM, Feb 16 2008 My kitchen will have 2 colors, perimeter cabinets will be a chestnut maple and the island a chocolate cherry I have medium oak floor. I want a lighter countertop, but I need advice of what would look best.
  • Lynne 08:59PM, Feb 11 2008 What kitchen flooring treatment (color) do you suggest with this granite
  • Tracy 11:14PM, Feb 10 2008 What do you think about Giallo Ornamental with a dark mocha vanity and almost white tile?
  • Steve 04:20PM, Nov 19 2007 Hi There, is this granite consistent between all batches? Will the slab I get be like the colors of the one pictured? More importantly, would this look nice with black maple cabinetry?
  • Sarah 09:03AM, Nov 11 2007 I am getting dark peppercorn cabinets and love the look of dark counters with a lighter backsplash and floor. Could you suggest a granite that would compliment the cabinets
  • Tiffany 08:37AM, Nov 11 2007 I am having a problem with the tile. do you know the exact name of that tile? Thanks!
  • Lisa 03:40PM, Oct 16 2007 The sample piece I have seems to have more of a cream background, so it looks like there is some contrast. You don't think that would be true on a whole slab? And one more question, is New Venetian Gold the same thing?
  • Lisa 05:36PM, Oct 12 2007 Would this stone look good with Maple cabinets with a ginger glaze? Or would it blend too much?
  • CINDY 01:07AM, Oct 7 2007 I have put this granite in my bathroom. Any suggestions for color on tile floor and walls??
  • Kean 11:53PM, Aug 31 2007 I am looking for a bar piece (bar countertop) that will match my current gaillo ornamental. Is this possible?
  • Michelle 09:10AM, Aug 22 2007 Is it possible to receive an actual sample of the Giallo Ornamental with a 1 -1/4" (3cm) Beveled Edge?
  • Cindy 10:05AM, Aug 17 2007 I saw a slab and there were lots of brown speckles. This is what I thought would really stand out. Am I wrong? I don't want to make a mistake with the colors.
  • Cindy 12:25AM, Aug 17 2007 I was looking to do my master bathroom in nuetral colors and was wondering about Giallo Ornamental for the bathroom countertop with white cabinets. Is this a good choice??